Ergonomic Laid-Back Laptop Table
Dr. Ben Kim
early 2009, I injured my lower back to a point where I had no choice but to rest
in bed for almost two whole days. Thankfully, I experienced a quick, full recovery.
While I was lying around reading through a stack of my favorite biographies, it
occurred to me that I ought to set up my office in a way where I don't have to
sit for long stretches whenever I have to do some computer work.
worked with a number of clients over the years who have resorted to standing at
their work desks, as standing puts less overall stress on the spine and paraspinal
structures than sitting. Standing is especially helpful to people who have disc-related
pain in the lower back region.
problem with standing at a computer station for long stretches is that people
often begin to experience upper back discomfort and/or problems related to stagnant
blood flow in the lower extremities - varicose veins is one such circulation-related
challenge that can result from standing in one spot for hours at a time over many
to the challenges associated with sitting or standing for hours at a time, sit-stand
desks are becoming popular throughout the world, particularly in Europe. Sit-stand
work stations allow workers to oscillate between a range of sitting and standing
positions throughout the work day to help prevent build-up of stress in any one
area of their bodies. The only catch with sit-stand desks is that they're still
quite expensive, usually more than a thousand dollars per unit.
for alternative solutions for people who need to work on a computer
for hours at a time, I stumbled upon a number of different laptop
tables and stands that can be used while lying down. The best such
device that I found is called the Laptop
Laidback Portable Table.
Laidback table is designed to be used in bed, on a sofa, or with a
recliner-type chair - it's really an excellent tool for people who
have a history of back trouble and who have to be on a computer for
hours at a time.
the risk of developing shoulder, elbow, and/or wrist problems while
working on a computer, it's important to have your elbows rest on
a flat surface, and to have your hands rest on the keyboard without
having to extend your wrists or lift your elbows and shoulders. This
is why I prefer the Laptop Laidback over other similar tables on the
market - it's fully adjustable to allow for optimal positioning of
your upper extremities.
are the main features that I like about the Laptop Laidback table:
long sessions of comfortable and productive work time
overheating of laptop and keeps laptop away from body surface
- easy to assemble and disassemble without tools
are some frequently asked questions and answers on the Laptop Laidback
strong is Laptop Laidback?
Laidback holds up to 22 lbs. Most laptops weigh less than 4 pounds.
itself weighs under 3 lbs.
do you recommend that I position myself when using the Laptop Laidback?
that the most comfortable position is lying on a mattress with two
pillows stacked under my head, neck, and upper back. Depending on
how thick your pillows are, you might need to fold one in half to
provide extra height/support. The key is to make sure that your neck
and head feel relaxed.
to keep your elbows flat against the mattress, and to adjust the table
so that your forearms and hands rest comfortably on the keyboard surface.
legs can be bent so that your feet are flat on the mattress, or you
can rest your legs flat on the mattress. Most people find that having
their knees up provides the most comfortable position for the lower
my legs or stomach get hot from the laptop?
Laptop Laidback table is designed to keep the weight and heat of your
laptop off of your body. It actually helps to keep your laptop cool,
which may extend the life of your laptop.
easy is it to set up, take apart, and transport this table?
you know how it's put together, it takes just a minute to put the
pieces together, and about the same amount of time to disassemble
the table and snap it together for easy carrying. A simple diagram
is printed on the back of the table for easy reference. No tools are
The Laptop Laidback is less than 3 lbs, and may fit into your laptop
anyone use this table?
Laidback is designed to accommodate people up to 6'3" and 260 pounds;
it can fit users with a waist sizes up to 60 inches.
this product be used in a recliner?
inner space between the arms of your recliner is 22 inches or greater,
the Laptop Laidback should fit nicely into your recliner.
keeps the laptop from falling off the table?
comes with velcro strips that are glued down to the table surface.
Small velcro pieces are also provided to stick onto the bottom of
your laptop so that your laptop can be easily secured and unfastened
from the table.
materials are used to make the Laptop Laidback?
ABS - it's designed to be durable, strong, and light.
are the dimensions of the table?
16 inches by 11 inches
under 3 lbs (1.36 kg)
note: through special arrangement with the manufacturer of the Laptop
Laidback, we are now providing this table at our natural health shop,
and for a limited time, each unit comes with a flexible USB lamp -
just plug it into a USB port in your laptop, and you have a flexible
light to illuminate your work area.
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